When It’s Hard to Make Ends Meet, Can Smart Apps Help? The recent partial government shutdown could have been a disaster for the 38 million Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. But … Continue reading Complexity tilts us
An Economist Goes Christmas Shopping “The Deadweight Loss of Christmas” is the sort of academic paper that makes ordinary people think economists are kind of crazy. “I find that holiday gift giving destroys between one-third and one-tenth of the value … Continue reading Did you buy presents?
Six Facts About How Supermarkets Influence What We Buy Like me, have you ever raced into your local market to get some milk and passed through produce and other aisles, grabbing some items you never realized you needed? One supermarket … Continue reading Less is more
The “experiential advantage” is not universal – the less well-off get equal or more happiness from buying things Being rich(er) may not guarantee happiness, as shown by ample evidence from the social sciences, but there are ways of spending money … Continue reading Experiential happiness
The Freshest Ideas Are in Small Grocery Stores Maj. Gene Hogg, the Salvation Army’s commander for central Maryland, organized mobile kitchens after the twin towers fell in Manhattan and the levees broke in New Orleans. He fed protesters and police … Continue reading Small is beautiful
Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore In the year 2000 at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio, Abercrombie and Fitch opened the first location of its new shop, Hollister, and set Midwestern high schoolers like myself California dreaming. Designed with a … Continue reading In the palm of your hand
Letter of Recommendation: AliExpress Shopping online can make you feel like little more than a data set with a bank account. That’s partly because we do it in private, behind screens — immune to texture and smell, no friends to … Continue reading Shopping in Wonderland